Many pets unfortunately suffer from long-term health problems which can require medication and management for life.  Older pets in particular are prone to these problems, however some can start at a young age.

Long-term health conditions can sometimes be frustrating to treat but there is usually a lot that can be done to improve your pet’s, and your, quality of life.  Regular check ups are important to ensure that the right medication is being used, and at the right dose, and to pick up early signs of any side effects or other conditions developing.  These check ups should be done at least every 6 months.

Common long-term health conditions include:

    • Arthritis (all species)
    • Diabetes mellitus (dogs and cats)
    • Hyperthyroidism (cats)
    • Hypothyroidism (dogs)
    • Allergies – (dogs and cats)
    • Inflammatory bowel disease (cats and dogs)
    • Epilepsy (dogs and occasionally cats)
    • Cushing’s disease (dogs)
    • Addison’s disease (dogs)